5 Benefits of Child Care: A Guide to What Your Child Can Learn From Early Childhood Education
Every experience presents a learning opportunity, especially for children.
Significant physical and mental developments are undergone during the first 5 years of a child’s life. These developments are vital to their health and wellbeing, and the overall course of their lives.
Through analysis and evaluation by industry professionals, it has been revealed that early childhood education is one of the most significant ways to help strengthen a child’s social, emotional and cognitive skills – skills that resonate throughout their entire lifetime.
The Australian Government has also acknowledged the importance of early learning centres and childhood education, claiming that is more cost-effective and beneficial to invest in early childhood education, rather than later in remedial processes aimed at poor literacy, and lack of basic skills.
Parents are under pressure in aiming to raise their children well, teach them life skills and aid them educationally. This can all be quite stressful to handle which is why early learning centres can provide immeasurable support for children in order for them to succeed in their future. The opportunities that are outlaid by simply allowing your child to be a part of a childcare environment can lay the foundation for 21st-century skills and creative thinking – important facets of life.
1. Early Childhood Education improves social skills:
Early learning centres allow children to develop and improve their social and communication skills through engagement and interaction with other children and adults at a young age.
Social interactions at childcare can enhance a child’s cognitive and emotional skills, as it allows children to:
Listen and learn from other children
Be exposed to varieties of mannerisms and dialogues
Express their own ideas
Experiment with their senses
Make new friends and interact with other children
Become accountable for their own actions
Share and cooperate with other children
Learn and develop a sense of respect
Develop problem-solving skills
This allows young children to establish skills that are necessary for both their childhood life and future. Social skills are the basis of many different types of learning and set up the foundation for many other developmental skills, and in turn, cognitive success.
The advancement of social skills at a young age is also crucial for children as it significantly aids in the transition from childcare, to preschool, to kindergarten which can be daunting for a child. Thus enrolment and participation in childcare allow children to overcome timidity and develop self-confidence.
2. Early Childhood Education encourages holistic development:
Holistic development is a modish and contemporary approach to childhood learning. It highlights the importance of a child’s physical, emotional, and psychological well being by incorporating multiple elements to assist in an educative building:
Experimental colour and textures
Teachers as facilitators
This approach encourages childhood educators to connect children’s development with their natural environment and build strong relationships and skills through active learning and social activities.
Learning is considered an ‘all-encompassing process’ which is vital for a child’s development.
Here are some reasons why your child will benefit from holistic learning:
Holistic learning emphasizes the individuality of a child and focuses on their interests, talents and strengths.
Physical health and wellbeing are key when looking after a child’s health, improving their ability to learn and develop.
Important values are integrated into learning activities allowing children to gain an understanding of strong internal values that relate to everyday life, such as respect and confidence.
Holistic learning integrates social interactions into learning teaching children vital social and communication skills.
3. Early Childhood Education improving academic advancement:
Childhood education significantly strengthens a child’s emotional and cognitive skills. It provides children with basic literacy and numeracy skills that form the foundation for education.
Literacy and numeracy skills are promoted through various learning activities such as reading and listening to stories, drawing, and counting. These skills developed by children have a profound impact on their academic success in later years in life.
Furthermore, research from the Australian Insitute of Family Studies also shows that children who attend daycare for 3 or more years perform better on literacy and numeracy tests in school.
Other research from the Australian Insitute of Family Studies also shows “longer duration of preschool attendance was associated with greater gains in reading and maths; an early start to preschool had a greater advantage to cognitive development.”
4. Routines are outlaid in Early Childhood Education
As many parents know, young children significantly benefit from having a regular schedule.
Early learning centres provide children with jam-packed programs each day which are designed to support their learning and developmental needs, whilst also keeping them entertained.
Having a set and strict schedule also prepares children for their schooling journey. Ultimately, aiding in the transition from daycare to primary school.
Most importantly (for parents at least), having a full and regular schedule at daycare typically means that children have used up all of their energy for the day. So at the end of the day, they are ready for a good night’s sleep!
5. Children are better prepared for school when childhood education is done early
Early learning centres don’t just ‘babysit’ children. A quality centre will ensure that children have the necessary skills to start school as confident learners while also setting them up to succeed academically.
Early learning centres provide children with the opportunity to interact and engage with other children providing them with social skills so that they can successfully and confidently communicate with other children.
At Albany Creek Kids, we understand the unique nature of each child and aim to develop a personalised approach in order to make the most of their journey at child care.
We believe in the importance of early childhood education and our central focus and philosophy are built on the learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
Our educators make sure to prepare each and every child for their future years to come, providing them with an environment where development is enhanced as well as where they feel safe and comfortable.
Interested in our different programs and want to find out more information regarding enrollment? Contact us today on (07) 3325 5377 to receive 4 weeks free when you enrol!